After being asked several times about how to use Houdini Opening Book without owning the Aquarium package, we feel the need to answer this question specifically. We have developed Aquarium Book Adapter, a software package allowing you to use Aquarium books in other interfaces.
Follow this link to download Aquarium Book Adapter:http://www.chessok.com/download/Aquarium/books/AquariumBookAdapterSetup.exe
To learn more about the Adapter, follow this link:http://www.chessok.com/books/BAdapter.html
Although the latest Aquarium update (build 490) also installs Aquarium Book Adapter, you can only use it when Aquarium is not running. If you want to use them simultaneously, install a separate copy of the Adapter.
To use it, follow the steps below:
1) Run AquariumBookAdapterSetup.exe. Select the installation folder AquariumBookAdapter.exe and ABAGUI.exe will be installed to. Other essential files will also be copied to the DATA subfolder.
2) Run ABAGUI.EXE to configure the Adapter. See http://www.chessok.com/books/BAdapter.html
3) Run Fritz or other GUI and add AquariumBookAdapter.exe as a new engine.
4) When installing the Opening Book, you will be asked to specify the Aquarium installation folder. Currently, the Book Adapter’s main purpose is to make Houdini Opening Book compatible with other interfaces. So select the directory you installed Aquarium Book Adapter to as the Aquarium installation folder. Add d2m tree (d2m.hsh and d2m.elm files) to the ATrees\Satistics folder and cap tree (cap.hsh, cap.elm) to the ATrees folder, rewriting the existing ones (after installing the Book Adapter they contain only demo trees).
The system is now ready for work.
If you have Aquarium with Houdini Opening Book on your computer, you may want to install a separate copy of the opening book to run it in different interfaces simultaneously. Using one copy of the book by different programs at a time can cause unpredictable errors.